Bell Atlantic Network Integration Names Vincent Costello President

Bell Atlantic Network Integration Names Vincent Costello President

February 25, 1997

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FRAZER, Pa. - Bell Atlantic Network Integration (BANI),
a subsidiary
of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL), today announced that Vincent
Costello has been named president. Costello, 40, replaces Jack Sweeney
who has left the company to pursue other interests.

"With 15 years of industry experience, Vin brings extensive
and skills to BANI," said Bell Atlantic Large Business Services
President Tony
. "The merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX promises
to bring the highest quality networking and telecommunications
services to the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast regions. Vin is the
perfect person to help BANI make a smooth transition into this new

Costello comes to BANI from NYNEX, where his most recent
accomplishments included creating and directing NYNEX's Network
Integration Division. Costello also has served as vice president of
NYNEX Custom Network Solutions, a $400 million line of business that
delivers custom voice, data and video services. In that capacity, he
was responsible for significant financial and productivity
improvements. Prior to that assignment, he directed and managed the
marketing efforts aimed at NYNEX customers in Manhattan, a $1.2
billion market.

"I am delighted to join BANI's team of talented and experienced
professionals during such an exciting time for the company," said
Costello. "BANI has become one of the country's premier network
integrators, with a proven track record and the promise of a highly
successful future. I look forward to being a part of that future."

About BANI

Bell Atlantic Network Integration, Inc. (BANI), a subsidiary of Bell
Atlantic Corp., is a full-service voice, data and video network
integrator dedicated to providing customers with a single point of
contact for all communication network needs. BANI's cutting-edge
integration services cover the full "Network Lifecycle" from
and implementation to management of enterprise-wide networks. Founded
in 1993, BANI is headquartered in Frazer, Pa., and has 32 offices
across the United States.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is
at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
Mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.

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